FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - Eli Wilson, a 9-year-old boy with Asperger's syndrome, was named an honorary command sergeant major during his visit to Fort Benning on Thursday, July 26.
According to Wayne Smith, Wilson's grandfather, Wilson strongly admires the Army and told his grandfather he wanted to meet a sergeant.
Smith and Wilson, who were also accompanied by Wilson's grandmother Sandy Smith, started the morning by attending the D Company, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, Basic Combat Training graduation at the National Infantry Museum before touring the facility.
The party then ate lunch at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, where Wilson ate with several sergeants.
"I was honored, and although I had a lot of pride in my job, I have a lot more now," said Staff Sgt. Christopher Ivy, an instructor at the NCOA Basic Leader Course. "You can just tell it made his world to come sit with us."
Following the lunch, Wilson was presented with his own uniform, complete with command sergeant major rank, a Maneuver Center of Excellence patch and his surname tape, which was donated by the Fort Benning Exchange.
He was also given a tour of the Airborne Museum, and he watched students in the Airborne Course conduct training.